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Are you considering liposuction? What happens to fat after liposuction, and can it return? Patients typically have concerns that the fat extracted will return in the treated areas. The good news, fat cells do not regenerate, so the ones removed won’t “come back.” However, gaining weight afterward may alter your liposuction results as new fat cells will likely form and show up in other places on the body. Read on to get a greater understanding of this popular body contouring treatment to have successful results, or contact Yonick Plastic Surgery in Midland, MI to schedule a one-on-one consultation with double board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr. David Yonick.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that improves your body’s tone and shape, and enhances your appearance. Dr. Yonick will assess your areas of concern and determine the right surgical plan at your private consultation. During fat removal surgery, a unique tool extracts fat from a localized area of the body, such as the thighs, upper arms, or abdomen. While performing this minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, Dr. Yonick utilizes a thin tube, or cannula, as a fat suctioning mechanism to loosen unwanted fat before suctioning it out with an attached syringe or vacuum. After the procedure is complete, Midland, MI patients are moved to a recovery room to rest comfortably before returning home the same day to start the healing process.

What happens to fat after liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight-loss solution. There are limits on how much fat a patient can have removed in a single procedure. The fat suctioning process removes unwanted cells from targeted areas of the body. Your body will not accumulate more fat in that area or replace it, so patients can expect their body’s fat distribution to be altered. However, fat can come back in different body areas and create entirely new problem zones if patients gain significant weight afterward.

Can fat cells return after liposuction?

After this fat removal procedure, the good news is that extracted fat cells will not come back. However, the body’s remaining fat cells may grow or expand if patients gain weight in the future. To maintain liposuction results, Yonick Plastic Surgery recommends staying at or near your target body weight. For example, if a patient weighed 135 pounds before liposuction and had a total of five pounds removed, a person must maintain their weight at or below 130 pounds. After liposuction recovery, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight stable, you can enjoy your fantastic results for years to come.

More men and women turn to liposuction to slim down troublesome areas of the body and redefine how they look. It is an excellent, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted fat pockets when efforts of diet and exercise have been exhausted. Whether you want to target your abdomen, thighs, lower back, or other places, this body contouring procedure can be the cosmetic answer you need to take your body to the next level. To find out more or book a liposuction consultation with double board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr. David Yonick at Yonick Plastic Surgery in Midland, MI, contact our office and speak to one of our professional team members today.